Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
giving me practical and useful experience in my chosen field and exposure to many experts/groups in sport I still work with now because I was in touch through Ulster University. Ulster also introduced me to some fantastic mentors who helped develop both me and my career.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
My placement year was invaluable to me and one of the main reasons I picked the course at Ulster.
Placement especially gave me practical experience and built my confidence in the role I wanted, valid CV development, and built relationships which later led to my next two jobs.
How placement enhanced my employability
Straight out of uni, I had 16 month paid full time experience, when most posts were looking for 2 years as standard, and basically had 2 years experience covered including other roles, it was a huge hurdle overcome. I also able to contact staff in the field for advice
How study abroad enhanced my employability
I didn't study abroad with the uni, but i took my own trip for 6 months after I graduated and it gave me a great insight into the workings of sports and different methods and attitudes in other countries, a really fantastic experience to build independence and confidence.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- The first time a contract ended, hard to deal with, but I learned a lot about what I needed to do and that in this area of work it will happen so you always need to be prepared and building experience, relationships and skills in each role.
- Being put out of my comfort zone! It can be scary but pretty much always worthwhile no matter how terrifying or indeed invalid some people may think it-if you pick up or learn anything..then its a big plus!
- I discovered I love being part of big sports events- whatever the level! Whether through work or as a volunteer as it fuels my love for sport being surrounded by like-minded and talented people!
What would your advice to students be?
Get as wide a range of experience as you can when you are at uni, it will all come in useful.
Get to know people, what drives them personally as well as what they do for a living, it makes building relationships and connections much easier - the term networking can be daunting, but it is this is essentially what it's all about.